8 Veterans With Incredible Stories Of Service, Survival, and Spirit

The Fourth of July is near! This is a time when we appreciate our right to freedom and when we give credit where credit is due. American soldiers throughout history and in current day have done incredible things both in combat and in their own lives.  Here are 8 veterans whose stories bravery and survival deserve to be shared.

1. Max Cleland, Vietnam War

Politics Daily

Max Cleland lost both of his legs and his right arm in the Vietnam War after a grenade exploded. That didn’t stop Max, however. Cleland went on to be the youngest administrator of the Veterans Administration and served as a Senator from Georgia for six years.

2. William Frederick Nice, World War I


William Frederick Nice served in the World War I as a 12 year old Marine. I could never imagine being in the Marines at age 12 and this man was being given the nickname “Gunner Nice of the Devil-Dogs.”  Remarkable.

3. Krystyna Kalski, Iraq

Library of Congress

In 2001, Krystyna joined the Army even after her father told her it was inappropriate for a woman to be a part of the Army. Her desire to serve her country outshined her reservation to disturb the status quo.

4. Jen Carver Comer, Iraq

After Jen served two tours in Iraq she went right to school. She graduated from Weber State University in Utah this past May, she plans to get her masters in criminal justice and has a 5-year-old son, T.J.. Is there anything this girl can’t do?

5. Roman Baca

Via Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Roman Baca is a former Marine that is now the artistic director of Exit 12, a dance company that "educates audiences about the reality of war, advocate diversity and mutual understanding through cultural exchange, and champion the humanity and dignity of all persons."

6. Robert Fisher, World War II

Mansfield News Journal

At 95 years old, this World War II army engineer is still keeping himself busy. He mows his lawn and opens a McDonald’s everyday at 6 am. Earlier this year he received his high school diploma—it’s never too late for education.

7. Clare O'Brien, World War II

Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Clare was sick of her job at a financial company so she joined the military. After seeing recruits signing up across the street, Clare knew that it was her duty to follow her mother’s footsteps and serve her country. Eventually she would become a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.

8. Tony Porta, Iraq

Daily News

6 years ago, Tony Porta was badly burned in a roadside IED explosion, leaving 80% of his body horribly disfigured. With these kinds of wounds, it’s natural to fear discrimination. Tony, however, has found happiness; he currently lives in his childhood home with a loving wife and son.

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